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Joomak (Swanston Street | Melbourne CBD) [Video]

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Address: Basement, 407-409 Swanston St, Melbourne 3000 
How to get there: 
short walk from Melbourne Central station 
Telephone:
(03) 9663 7123
Trading Hours:
Monday ~ Tuesday 1700 –  0100 (next day)
Wednesday ~ Thursday 1700 – 0300 (next day)
Friday ~ Saturday | 1700 – 0500 (next day)
Sunday | Closed
Website:
n/a 
Dining conditions: Thursday 14 Feb 2013 – Dinner (Valentines Day)
Average Per Head: $$20.00
Hits & Misses: 
Hit + Recommended

Use 3 words to describe Joo-Mak: Mysterious, Atmospheric and FuNkY

It was Mysterious:

Find the sign and follow the stairs

Find the sign and follow the stairs

Restaurant/Bar in the basement (under the sign of Druid House) – how is that not mysterious?

We followed the stairs downstairs and found a big wooden door with the following signs:

Trading Hours and Cash Only

Trading Hours and Cash Only

In we went!

In we went!

It was Atmospheric:

We walked through the narrow corridor under Joomak’s dim lighting, the general dining area and bar was in the inner half of the restaurant. There were many wooden ‘booth’s on the side of the corridor – available for private dining; it was perfectly romantic for Valentine’s Day. One larger booth was also available for large groups.

The entire restaurant had very dim lighting as mentioned before, but it was lit up slightly by the blue led lights draped over wooden booths.

Corner of the general dining area

Corner of the general dining area

In front of the bar

In front of the bar

It was Funky:

You know it is funky when the place is mysterious and atmospheric, a bit of curiosity for the diners doesn’t hurt, makes the expectation unpredictable. A selection of western spirits and beers is not enough? Try their Korean soju and rice wine cocktails. Check out their trading hours – 5pm til the 1, 3 or 5am depending on the day; a funky hangout spot.

Instax photo wall - who gets to have photos taken?

Instax photo wall – who gets to have photos taken?

With a reservation for 4, we rocked up at about 7pm.

What we ordered:

Pan-fried spicy squid $19.00

Photo was too dark so I won’t upload it. It was small in portion and tasted average. I’d give it a miss.

Braising chicken (Mild) $17.00

Delivered in a small stone-pot, we didn't expect it to be so soupy. There were chicken, potatoes and carrots in it, was very flavoursome. Unfortunately it wasn't very popular among the four of us, I was simply too full to eat it.

Delivered in a small stone-pot, we didn’t expect it to be so soupy. There were chicken, potatoes and carrots in it, was very flavoursome. Unfortunately it wasn’t very popular among the four of us, I was simply too full to eat it.

Kimchi and pork pancake $17.00

Large, thin and greasy - the pancake is a typical guilty pleasure. I liked the pancake, but I still think the one I had in Mook Ji Bar was better. Side dishes included: (top to bottom) black beans 콩자반, macaroni, kimchi and radish water kimchi 동치미.

Large, thin and greasy – the pancake is a typical guilty pleasure. I liked the pancake, but I still think the one I had in Mook Ji Bar was better. Side dishes included: (top to bottom) black beans 콩자반, macaroni, kimchi and radish water kimchi 동치미.

Chicken drumettes $15.00

Served with sweet and chilli sauce - 7 of them - what an awkward number to share between people. Especially when it was delicious so we couldn't avoid the fight =]

Served with sweet and chilli sauce – 7 of them – what an awkward number to share between people. Especially when it was delicious so we couldn’t avoid the fight over them =]

Steam rice $2.00

Hite (Korean beer) $6.00

Total: $80.00

Food was a bit dear given that the portion and quality was average-low. The waitresses hurried us subtly towards the end of our meal by interrupting our conversation and asking us whether we were finished with everything on the table. I understand that sometime they run out of dishes so they need to pack dishes away first… Thursday night can be a busy night!

Menu

Joomak Food Menu

Joomak Food Menu

Joomak Drinks Menu

Joomak Drinks Menu

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Author: nurikkochan

I am a friend, a daughter, a grand daughter, a cousin and an alumni. I am an ultimate sweet tooth, luckily my dental friend promised to look after my teeth for life. Self-claimed best bathroom singer, would like to make a living with singing and craft work. Fan of cupcakes on a wooden plate enjoyed after a homemade tteokbokki dish. Cameras I use: Canon IXUS 90 IS, Samsung inbuilt camera, Nikon D7000 and dad's Canon 7D (if I am lucky). Follow me on twitter NurikkoVisits & Instagram @nurikkochan

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